2008 Mercedes-Benz CLK 63 Black Series Coupe

In the early 2000s, the boffins at Mercedes’ AMG division loosened their neckties, let their hair down, and decided to go a little bonkers. In 2006, AMG took the already nutty SLK55 roadster, put it on a carbon fiber and light alloy diet, and ditched the complex folding top mechanism to shed over 100 pounds from the curb weight. They added unique components, including adjustable suspension, big brakes, and flared arches to cover the 19” forged alloy wheels. With its mighty 400 horsepower AMG V8, the new “Black Series” SLK became a distinctly hard-edged sports car. Just 100 Black Series SLKs were built, but the positive response inspired AMG to continue the program, carefully selecting other vehicles in the Mercedes portfolio to get the black magic treatment.

Next in line was the CLK 63 AMG coupe. With 475 horsepower, the “standard” AMG CLK63 was certainly no slouch, but the press criticized it for being softer, heavier, and less focused than its primary rival, the BMW M3. So, the skunkworks within AMG set about honing the CLK into a finely tuned driver’s car. AMG has a rich motorsports history, but instead of mirroring a championship-winning race car, they chose an unconventional source for their inspiration: the FIA Formula 1 Safety Car. Mercedes-Benz AMG has paced the field in F1 for over 20 years, and anyone who’s been to a live race knows (and loves) the familiar bellow of an AMG V8 pacing a field of 20 screaming F1 cars.

Central to the CLK Black Series is the hand-assembled 6.2-liter V8, rated at 500 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque. While that amounts to “only” a 25-horsepower boost over standard, AMG made considerable changes under the skin. The suspension is virtually all-new and fully adjustable for damping, geometry, and ride height. It is 3 inches wider in the rear and 2.5 inches wider in front. Massive brakes sit behind lightweight forged alloy wheels, and the body is suitably pumped up with massive flares, a front splitter, rear diffusor, and decklid spoiler. Just add a lightbar, and stick Bernd Mayländer behind the wheel, and you’re ready to lead the Monaco Grand Prix!

This 2008 CLK63 AMG Black Series is one of only 500 produced for the world. Finished in black with black trim, it has a suitably muscular and sinister character. It shows 72,000 miles from new and presents in excellent condition throughout. The accompanying Carfax report shows it was sold new in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and spent much of its life in Florida and California before coming to Missouri with the most recent owner. The Carfax also shows a minor repair was made to the front bumper back in 2012. It was in the care of the most recent owner’s family since 2014 and is offered here in very good overall condition. The original black paint (code 040) is glossy, attractive, and consistent with a well-kept car of this age and mileage. It rides on its correct AMG machined-finish wheels, shod with a brand new set of high-performance Continental ExtremeContact tires.

It’s all business in the two-seat cockpit, with aggressive, heavily-bolstered sport seats covered in black semi-aniline leather and black carpets. A few flashes of alloy trim accent the door panels, while the center console features a unique carbon fiber treatment. Compared to many of today’s cars, the cabin is refreshingly focused and free of distraction – with clear, bold instruments ahead of the driver and little else to detract from the task of keeping 500 horsepower in line. This car’s interior is in excellent condition, and while the driver’s seat shows some light wear on the outer bolster, the soft trim is otherwise in superb order, and a testament to Mercedes-Benz build quality.

The mighty 6.3-liter V8 proudly bears the mark of its maker on the intake plenum. The engine bay is tidy, clean, and indicative of the mileage. As expected of a modern-day Mercedes-Benz, the 6.3 is perfectly docile and flexible for everyday driving yet transforms into a beast upon burying the throttle. This car runs well, with no untoward issues found during testing.

Mercedes-Benz created an instant collectible with the CLK Black Series, and with just 500 examples worldwide, this distinct, muscular super-coupe is increasingly sought-after by serious collectors. This clean, well-kept example will be a fine addition to any collection of sports cars and is ready for regular enjoyment on your favorite B-roads.

 

Offers welcome and trades considered 

 

$92,500

Stock number 7095

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